Hint: In your first single-player game, you might want to avoid the rogue class
of characters. Your first companion in the game is a thief, and you'll have a
chance to recruit a bard early on if you want him.
Hint: Save often and expect to load the game often; death is a constant
companion. Always save before you try to rest outside an inn. Also, save
before you leave a safe area and when you enter a new area without being
Hint: If you're entering a town for the first time, you should expect an
assassin to be waiting in or around the inn. Also, when you start making real
money, invest in healing and antidote potions! You'll be facing a lot of
poison out in the field.
Hint: When trying to scribe a scroll into your mage's spellbook, it's a good
idea to save the game first, because if you fail, you lose the scroll. If you
save first and fail in the scribing you can just reload the game and try
Hint: When you remove characters from your party, they tend to stay where you
left them. If you want to change your party and add that extra cleric
temporarily, you can always dump him later and return for the fighter you left
Hint: Some of the boss characters are a real pain to handle once combat begins.
They start casting spells and hold, charm, or terrorize your party members so
you are much less effective. If you run into particularly nasty characters who
don't attack until having a conversation with you, try attacking them before
they start talking. If you weaken them before combat, they are much easier to
Hint: The Pause key in Baldur's Gate is possibly the most important and useful
feature in the game. (By default, it's the spacebar.) You should always pause
the game when trouble first appears so that you can get a sense of what you're
fighting and what you need to do to respond. Pause several times during the
battle to give yourself time to think about how to respond to the changing
Hint: The key to a successful campaign in Baldur's Gate is to have someone from
your party scout ahead in each map area. Use someone with stealth ability of
50 percent or more, if possible. Scouting ahead will reveal enemies on the map
and allow you to get the jump on them. It's a good idea to turn off the
computer AI before doing this, otherwise your scout might automatically attack
the enemies that he or she finds.
Hint: If you're facing a group of monsters that overmatch your party, use
retreat tactics to separate the enemy group. If you simply have your party
walk away from the encounter, some of the baddies will follow you, but others
will stay behind. It's easier for you to divide and conquer than to face the
entire enemy group at once. Remember that most monsters in Baldur's Gate are
kind of stupid. Use this to your advantage.
Hint: You can free up precious inventory slots by stacking your arrows and
bolts. Each slot can hold up to 20 arrows or bolts. For example, if you have a
stack of 7 arrows in one slot and a stack of 10 arrows in another, you can
combine them into a single slot holding 17 arrows. Click the first stack and
combine it by clicking the second. This is incredibly easy to do and will
allow you to have a free inventory slot.
Hint: Regardless of how goody-goody you are, you'll still need to enlist the
services of a thief character in Baldur's Gate. Preferably, the thief in your
party will have at least 60 percent skill in the three major categories
(picking locks, stealth, and finding traps) before you reach the game's
midpoint. Rather than making your protaganist a thief, however, you may want
to enlist the services of Imoen. She's the first NPC you meet in the game and
a worthy addition to your party.